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Consultation on two new consumer credit policies

By Rob Aberdein Following on from the recent budget, HM Treasury has published a consultation on two new consumer credit policies. The consultation builds upon the Government’s call for evidence which was concluded in January 2018 and on existing successful practice in the Scottish Debt Arrangement Scheme (DAS).  The consultation offers businesses and organisations on both […]

Application of QOCS to defendants counterclaiming in personal injury

By Rebecca Livesey In County Courts around the country over the past year, it has become ‘fashionable’ to argue over the meaning of the word “proceedings” in CPR r.44.13. The essential question is whether a Defendant, by virtue of bringing a counterclaim including personal injury, is afforded QOCS protection against the Claimant such that any orders […]

One rating assessment to be applied to neighbouring floors occupied by same business

By Matthew Forrest Businesses operating across different floors of a building, or other separate but neighbouring units, are now more likely to have their premises assessed together for business rates. The Rating (Property in Common Occupation) and Council Tax (Empty Dwellings) Act 2018 came into force on 1 November 2018.  The Act delivers on the […]

Austria adopts new environmental package

By Sandra Kasper, Philipp Strondl  On 25 October 2018 Parliament adopted a new comprehensive environmental package comprising: the Aarhus Participation Act; an amendment to the Environmental Impact Assessment Act; and an amendment to the Federal Environmental Liability Act.

Blog – Childbirth and primary victim claims for mothers

By John de Bono This is the clear takeaway from Whipple J’s powerfully reasoned judgment in YAH v. Medway Foundation Trust, judgment 5th November 2018. The facts are typical of many cerebral palsy cases. The Claimant’s daughter was born after a negligent delay in intervention in the face of signs of fetal distress. The Claimant […]

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Bracewell & Giuliani launches in London with Cleary raid

The much-anticiapted launch of the London office of Bracewell & Giuliani has gone ahead after the Houston firm raided Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton’s City offering for two associates. Adam Mozel, an capital markets lawyer, has been made London managing partner of Bracewell, the firm of Republican presidential candidate Rudolph Giuliani. Mozel brings with him […]

Barristers get go-ahead to entertain clients

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has decided against explicitly restricting the extent to which barristers can offer hospitality to solicitors and clients. Instead, the board is recommending a “blush test” to offer guidance as to how far barristers can go. The guidelines recommend that barristers should not offer entertainment that either party would feel embarrassed […]

The drone zone

There’s a new name doing the rounds for those big four UK firms that sit of the top of The Lawyer UK 200. No longer shall they be known as the magic circle, or even the global elite. At Travers Smith at least, Clifford Chance, Linklaters, Freshfields and Allen & Overy have been christened the […]

DLA Piper widens North-South divide with salary revamp

DLA Piper is the latest firm to announce newly qualified (NQ) salary increases, with associates in Scotland receiving a whopping 90 per cent less than their City counterparts. London NQs are now on a salary of £63,000, a rise of 19 per cent on the £53,000 they received last year. In the firm’s Birmingham, Leeds, […]

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